Mangos come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and each variety has a unique smell, taste, appearance, and flavor. At FruitRevival, we love to feature mangos in our deliveries because they are sweet and nutritious and they offer an easy (and delicious!) way to get your fruit servings each day. Typically, one mango yields about 2 servings of fruit. We try to offer as many different varieties of mangos as we possibly can while they are in season, and if you’ve been a customer of ours for the past year you’ve probably seen a number of varieties in your deliveries, including: Kent, Keitt, Tommy Atkins, Ataulfo, Haden, and other varieties of mango. Most recently, we’ve delivered the Kent and Ataulfo varieties.
Appearance, Taste, and Ripeness
Mangos come in various shades of greens, yellows, and reds, and their skin often shows 2 or 3 different colors. While there are many mango varieties, there are basically two distinct appearances that you’ll find. Kent, Haden, Keitt, and Tommy Atkins mangos are large and round, and tend to be very green when unripe, showing more red/orange as they reach their peak ripeness. Francis, Ataulfo, Champagne, and Manilla mangos are skinnier and slimmer with green/yellow flesh. Again, these mangos will turn from green to bright yellow as they ripen.
When selecting a mango to eat, look for one where the skin has started to break from green to red, orange, or yellow. Additionally, look for a mango that gives slightly when squeezed, but isn’t mushy. Ataulfo mangos will also start to show small wrinkles in the skin as they approach full-ripeness. Don’t be alarmed by the wrinkly skin, this is perfectly natural and means that your mango is ready to eat! See picture to the right for an example of this kind of wrinkle.
Every mango variety has subtle differences in their appearance and aroma, making each one a uniquely delicious snacking experience. Ataulfo mangos are sweet and creamy with smooth flesh that has no strings or fibers. This is probably my favorite variety because they have no fibers – every bite is incredibly smooth and creamy. Kent mangos have a rich, sweet flavor, they are incredibly juicy, and the flesh has fewer fibers than other round mango varieties (for example, Tommy Atkins mangos have strings and fibers throughout the flesh).
Mangos make a great healthy addition to your daily diet. One cup of sliced mango contains only about 110 calories (most of which come from the natural sugars in the fruit, they are delicious and sweet). The same amount of mango also yields 1g of protein, 3g of dietary fiber, 25% of your daily Vitamin A, and 75% of your daily vitamin C. Mangos are also a good source of vitamin B6, and are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
How to Cut a Mango
If you’re unfamiliar with mangos, don’t let them intimidate you. This fruit is incredibly easy to prepare, even in your office breakroom! With just a small knife you can easily prepare a mango in less than a minute. Here’s how:
There is a pit in the middle of the mango, and you’ll want to avoid it. Using a knife, slice the two meaty “cheeks” off the side of the mango. If you prefer, you can stop here and eat the flesh out of the skin with a spoon.
Place the mango halves flesh side up, and using your knife make a series of criss-cross cuts across the flesh. Make sure you don’t cut through the skin of the mango as it won’t be eaten and it will be difficult to remove from the small pieces of flesh.
You can eat the chunks of mango right out of the skin if you’d like, but for a less messy approach we recommend using a small knife to separate the chunks of mango from the skin, and eat them out of a cup or bowl using a spoon. Once the chunks are removed, you can also add them to a salad or salsa or use them for cooking. That’s it, your mango is ready to enjoy! I hope this information has been helpful, and I hope you love this fruit as much as we do here at FruitRevival.
Mangos are delicious when eaten by themselves – they make a great addition to your morning breakfast or can be served as a sweet, succulent dessert fruit (cut one up with a small bowl of vanilla ice cream… you’ll thank me later). Ripe mangos can be sliced and canned for future consumption, and they can also be used for juices, preserves, jellies, and jams. The sweetness of the mango also creates a nice contrast to spiciness when used in salsas and dips. Try this recipe for mango habanero salsa. It’s great for dipping with chips, or can be a delicious sweet and spicy topping for chicken breast or fish filets. The same sweet and spicy combination of mango and habanero can be used to make a kickin’ hot sauce for chicken wings and other party appetizers. You can always tone down the habanero if you don’t have much of a taste for spiciness (personally, I add extra because there’s never too much heat!).
When making deliveries to new customers, or delivering mangos to a customer for the first time, I’m often asked “how do I eat this?” Please, don’t shy away from mangos because you think they require a lot of preparation or will be messy to eat in the office. Follow these quick steps for my favorite way to eat a fresh mango!
- Slice the two meaty “cheeks” off of the fruit (there is a pit in the middle of the fruit). If you’d like, you can use a spoon to eat the flesh out of the two halves much like you would an avocado or a grapefruit.
- On each of the cheeks (flesh side up), make a series of criss-cross cuts (see picture) across the whole fruit (but be careful not to cut through the skin as it is typically not eaten)
- You can eat the cut mango in hand just like this, or you can use a paring knife to slice along the base of flesh, separating the cubes of mangos from the skin.
Make sure you grab a mango before they get snatched up out of your fruit delivery! Don’t fret if they disappear quickly, though, because we’ll have access to multiple mango varieties through the end of the summer months.